New recruits contribute to a safer community

FOLLOWING the successful completion of 13-weeks of rigorous training, 18 new correctional officers have been welcomed into the Tasmanian Prison Service (TPS).

Director of Prisons Ian Thomas said the TPS received a large number of applications from hopeful candidates every year.

“The Tasmanian Prison Service is continually focused on recruiting the best people for this important role,” he said.

“Only applicants who possess qualities of dedication, hard work, professionalism and the right attitude are ultimately successful in gaining positions as correctional officers.

“People who work in the TPS understand the importance of their responsibility to contribute toward a safer society.

“They do this not only by maintaining secure custody and humane treatment, but more importantly, by understanding that almost everyone in prison will come out and that it is their job to do their best to ensure prisoners are leaving the prison system with the best chance of returning to a successful life in the community.”

After working in security at TTLine and then with Armaguard, new graduate Leah Keller said she was looking for a new career that was both challenging and rewarding.

“The training course was very interesting and inspiring,” she said.

“We covered many different topics over the 13-weeks and I am now really looking forward to putting my new knowledge and skills to good practice.

“I’m hoping that I can really make a difference to people’s lives in this new role and I’m very excited to get started.”

Minister for Corrections Elise Archer, who was on hand to officially welcome the new recruits, said they would now be joining “a dedicated, skilled and professional workforce” in the TPS.

She said the TPS contributed to a more secure and safer community.

“This latest group of graduates brings the total number of new correctional officers employed since May 2016 to 55, confirming the State Government’s commitment to reinvesting in frontline services and keeping Tasmanians safe,” she said.

“Even better, around 26 new recruits will begin training in early February, which will further boost the number of correctional officers employed by the TPS.

“These additional new recruits will commence work as correctional officers in May.”

Caption: From left, new correctional officers Kyle Skipworth, Stephanie Jablonski, Director of Prisons Ian Thomas, Minister for Corrections Elise Archer, Mitchell Rynan and Leah Keller.